My name is Mona. I am 24 years old, but you wouldn’t know that because I read at the level of a 25-year-old.
I live in Seattle with my son Nathan and husband Mike. I tell people that I moved to Seattle from Saipan because I wanted to go to college, which is only partially true. The real reason is that ever since I watched Sleepless in Seattle, I wanted to move to a magical city that could bring the forces of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks together.
“Kirida” is word in my native language, Chamorro, meaning “favorite girl.” It is often applied to the youngest girl of the family and (spoiler alert!) that’s me. Unfortunately, it’s very confusing to most mainlanders, especially those who say, “kirinda” or “kerida” or “kilililili.”
“Hello Insomnia” is a title I chose when I truly thought I was going through insomnia but really, I was just addicted to sending emails at 3 AM. And now, I don’t know if I have insomnia, or am just unable to sleep when my toddler decides to suffocate me with his butt.
My husband is 27 years older than I am and if there’s one thing to learn about shacking up with an older man it’s this: men rarely have their shit together at ANY AGE. But I love my man and would do anything for him, like bring him his joint medication or slap on a fresh pair of Depends.
My son Nathan was born in May 2006. I really had him so I could have someone my age to play with.
I take pictures with a Canon EOS 30D, but don’t ask me how it works. Thanks to my friend Branan, I know that when I’m stumped for technical jargon, it’s easiest to describe things in terms of magic so here goes: when I push the button, a portal opens up that leads me past the Towers to the gates of Mordor.
I like driving with bare feet.
I have birthmark on my right arm. It is in the shape of Greenland. It also has a mole on it, which I’ve called the “YOU ARE HERE” mark.
I used to think that I had really hip music tastes until I found out that my favorites were also on the soundtrack for One Tree Hill.
I have lived in only three places in my life–Saipan, Salem and Seattle. I would like to live in Portland, but since it doesn’t begin with an “s,” that’s not going to happen. Maybe one day it’ll be called Sortland and my dream will come true.
I like people who aren’t afraid to swear, admit their love for Target or watch bad television.
You can find a previous version of this page here. I can be contacted at mona AT kirida.com. You can also leave comments because that’s what’ll bring us closer together, my internet friend.